Trip to my new NHS Trust……

Yesterday I had my first venture to my new Trust Headquarters in Humberside – Humber NHS Foundation Trust. They’d asked me there to be part of the stakeholder group with other Non Executive Directors, Governors and another service user for the recruitment of a new Non Executive Director.

The session started at 8.30am and they’d arranged a taxi to pick me up at 07:50………by 8am I thought I’d better give them a ring as they hadn’t turned up………someone had put the entry on the wrong day so a taxi was never going to turn up if I hadn’t have rung………However, everyone makes mistakes and they were very apologetic and diverted someone already in the area to pick me up. Luckily she knew where she was going (as I didn’t!) and I arrived just in time for a cuppa before the first candidate.

There were 5 very different candidates – all who brought different experiences and skills. I wasn’t sure what to expect as I’d never been involved like that before.
The successful candidate would be responsible for ensuring patient, carer and staff involvement within the Trust, so keen to hear what they had to say……

We had 40 minutes with each candidate. They were each given one specific question to answer and discuss with me and the other 9 members of the panel. It was fascinating to hear the different slants and emphasis placed by each candidate and hearing how they would influence the board.

They were there all day, which included a visit to a service within the Trust.

I didn’t feel a token gesture; I was able to ask questions and comment along with everyone else, so brownie point there. The panel members were all very pleasant one of them had heard of me pre my move apparently, which is always very bizarre….All the candidates then had lunch with us.

A good experience, showing me how people are selected. Now I just need to work out how to access their services!!……….

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About wendy7713

On the 31st July 2014 I was diagnosed with early onset Alzheimer’s. I may not have much of a short term memory anymore but that date is one I’ll never forget. I’m 58 years young, live happily alone in Yorkshire, have 2 daughters and I’m currently still in full time employment in the NHS. However, I’m now in the process of taking early retirement to give me a chance of enjoying life while I’m still me. I've started this blog to allow me, in the first instance, to write all my thoughts before they’re lost. If anyone chooses to follow my ramblings it will serve as a way of raising awareness on the lack of research into Alzheimer's. It will hopefully convey the helplessness of those diagnosed with dementia, as there is no cure – the end is inevitable. However, I’m also hoping I can convey that, although we've been diagnosed, people like me still have a substantial contribution to make; we still have a sense of humour; we sill have feelings. I’m hoping to show the reality of trying to cope on a day to day basis with the ever-changing environment that dementia throws at those diagnosed with the condition. What I want is not sympathy. What I want is simply to raise awareness.

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